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The Letter -- Martine Jamison is a NY theatre director beginning rehearsals for a new play starring her boyfriend Raymond opposite a young beauty. An unknown newcomer develops a peculiar fascination with Martine. As rehearsals continue, Martine has periods of disorientation that quickly deteriorate into vivid hallucinations as she becomes convinced someone is trying to poison her.
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Obsession can blur the lines of reality.
A playwright who begins to mentally unravel cannot decide if she is at the center of a manipulative plot or simply losing her grip on reality. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Winona Ryder ... Martine

Josh Hamilton ... Raymond

Marin Ireland ... Anita

Katherine Waterston ... Julie

James Franco ... Tyrone

Dagmara Dominczyk ... Elizabeth McIntyre

Laila Robins ... Doctor Tynan

Julie Ann Emery ... Doctor Lewis

Eisa Davis ... Therapist
Mike Lubik ... Detective Roberts
C.J. Williams ... Detective Abrams

Vince Jolivette ... Edward

Samantha Sherman ... Natasha

Britt Lower ... Kathleen
Clem Cheung ... Chinese Man

Ania Spiering ... Waitress

Scarlett Sperduto ... Young Girl Singing
Joshua Landay ... Young Man
Michael Fawcett ... Young Policeman
Madalyn Lester ... Street Woman

Nina Ljeti ... Patient

Tanner Beard ... Orderly

Victoria Mack ... Nurse
Sophie Finkelstein ... Attendant
Sam Sam Yung ... Mounted Policewoman

Ariel Sands ... Screaming Woman #1 (as Ariel Meislin)

Shirley Dluginski ... Screaming Woman #2
Michael Walker ... Detective #2 (as Michael James Walker)
Jenna Bourgeois ... Kissing Couple #1

John J Thomassen ... Kissing Couple #1 (as John Thomassen)

David Gerson ... Kissing Couple #2
Sophie-Ann Duermeyes ... Kissing Couple #2
David Rothstadt ... Touching Couple

Izzie Steele ... Touching Couple
Donna G. Mooney ... Walking Woman
Tom Hegedosh ... Waiter
Cara Braglia ... Waitress #2
Zac Bahaj ... Maitre d'
Ty Anania ... Teenager #1
Louis Anania ... Teenager #2

Alessa Aichinger ... Restaurant Patron
Alicia Chisolm ... Restaurant Patron

Melanie Dobbyn ... Restaurant Patron

Karen Eilbacher ... Restaurant Patron
Michelle Ferreira ... Restaurant Patron

Kate Flanagan ... Restaurant Patron
Jack Gilbert ... Restaurant Patron
Devon Greenbaum ... Restaurant Patron
Alinca Hamilton ... Restaurant Patron
Edwings Hogarth ... Restaurant Patron
Ariel James ... Restaurant Patron
Barbara Lipari ... Restaurant Patron
Valery Lipari ... Restaurant Patron
Derek Michaels ... Restaurant Patron
Lauren Montella ... Restaurant Patron
Isabelle Owens ... Restaurant Patron
Jessica Parvati ... Restaurant Patron
Nancy Ellen Reinstein ... Restaurant Patron
Mireya Rios ... Restaurant Patron
Ralph Vinci ... Restaurant Patron

Vitaliy Shtabnoy ... Restaurant Patron (as Talli Vladimir)

Kevin B. Winebold ... Restaurant Patron (as Kevin Winebold)

Justin Michael Woods ... Restaurant Patron
Cafetano Morales ... Kitchen Staff
Joel Lopez ... Kitchen Staff
Sidney Nolyu ... Pedestrian
Rick Pantera ... Pedestrian
Liz Shivener ... Pedestrian
Shari Tischler ... Pedestrian
Sandy Cheng ... Pedestrian
Wen-Chuan Dai ... Pedestrian
Andrew Lee ... Pedestrian
Yuchen Lin ... Pedestrian
Wilson Pok ... Pedestrian
Yinan Zhao ... Pedestrian
Lián Amaris Sifuentes ... Shopper (as Lian Amaris)
Abigail Marean ... Shopper

Rebecca Merle ... Shopper
Jason McHale ... Shop Clerk
T. Moody ... Shop Clerk
Kevin Schaffner ... Shop Clerk
Fiona Aldridge ... Hospital Patient
Joy Bridenbaker ... Hospital Patient

Leslie Cohen ... Hospital Patient
Cozi Ib ... Hospital Patient

Tedi Leigh Jane ... Hospital Patient (as Tedili Nicoletos)

Della Saba ... Hospital Patient
Tine Thomasen ... Hospital Patient
Brianna Viera ... Hospital Patient

Chelsie Yacks ... Butoh Audience

Caralyn Collar ... Butoh Audience
Madeline Hoak ... Butoh Audience
Natalie Kostin ... Butoh Audience
Cheryl Ann Palmer ... Butoh Audience
Roxann Remekie ... Butoh Audience
Magnus ... Dog Talent
Vangeline ... Performer: original Butoh Dance
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Billy Klein ... Dream Guy (uncredited)

Marijana Pecijarevska ... Nurse (uncredited)

Christina Voros ... Raoul (uncredited)

Directed by
Jay Anania 
Writing credits
Jay Anania (written by)

Produced by
Brandt Andersen .... executive producer
Christopher Ball .... executive producer (as Chris J. Ball)
Rene Cogan .... executive producer
Michael Corso .... executive producer
Steven Garcia .... executive producer
Anthony Gudas .... executive producer
Vince Jolivette .... producer
Jeff Kalligheri .... producer
Miles Levy .... producer
Jason Sokoloff .... line producer
Marni Zelnick .... producer
Original Music by
Ty Anania 
Cinematography by
Jay Anania (director of photography)
Peter Cairns  (as Pete Cairns)
Christina Voros 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Allison Estrin 
Paul Schnee 
Production Design by
Casey Smith 
Art Direction by
Bradley Schmidt 
Costume Design by
Annie Simon 
Makeup Department
Lizzie Arneson .... additional hair assistant
Lizzie Arneson .... additional makeup assistant
Pam Baumgartner .... additional hair assistant
Pam Baumgartner .... additional makeup assistant
Brit Cochran .... makeup assistant
Masha Gvozdov .... key hair stylist
Masha Gvozdov .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Kim Sicurella-Barnes .... unit production manager (as Kim Barnes)
Marni Zelnick .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Carroll .... first assistant director
Christina Pierre .... second assistant director
Sophie Finkelstein .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Joe Cairo .... set dresser (as Joseph Cairo)
Linda Castiglione .... set dresser
Lindsay Johnston .... set constructor
Josie Keefe .... on-set props
Sarah Murat .... set dresser
Phillipps.Deon .... lead man
Nora Schaffer .... set dresser
Sound Department
Ryan Billia .... dialogue editor
Ryan Billia .... sound re-recording mixer
Ryan Billia .... supervising sound editor
Shandor Garrison .... boom operator
Allison Jackson .... sound mixer
Roberto Lange .... foley recordist
Chris Peterson .... audio post-production services: ep of film & television, BANG @ Post Factory
Brad Stratton .... audio post-production supervisor
Jason Trammell .... foley artist
Paul Vitolins .... dialogue editor
Tony Guida .... stunt performer
Declan Mulvey .... stunt coordinator
Nnamdi Nwosa .... stunt performer
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Kim Sicurella-Barnes .... stunt double: Winona Ryder (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph Paul Alvarado .... grip (as Joey Alvarado)
Stratton Bailey .... key grip
Pamela Berkovic .... still photographer
Edna Luise Biesold .... additional cinematography (as Edna Biesold)
Seth Coleman .... best boy electric
Juan Crouch .... best boy grip
Leonardo D'Antoni .... director of lighting
Jamie Dack .... still photographer
Sam Ellison .... first assistant camera
Ryland Jones .... grip
Justin Lee .... best boy electric
Kimberly Parker .... camera operator
Kimberly Parker .... first assistant camera
Benjamin Rutkowski .... camera operator (as Ben Rutkowski)
Ari Schaeffer .... grip
Zack Schamberg .... camera operator (as Zach Schamberg)
Tine Thomasen .... digital imaging technician
Daniel Vecchione .... additional cinematography (as Danny Vecchione)
Casting Department
James Bartol .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lainie Anderson .... wardrobe supervisor
Karen Boyer .... wardrobe supervisor
Emily Desimone .... shopper (as Emily DeSimone)
Maria Hooper .... costume design assistant
Zinnia Kim .... wardrobe assistant
Hannah Kittell .... shopper
Wendy Strauss .... costume design assistant
Editorial Department
Peter Cairns .... colorist
Music Department
Ryan Billia .... score engineer
Brian Jones .... composer: additional music
Brian Jones .... music supervisor
Brian Jones .... score producer
Tim Marchiafava .... assistant score engineer (as Tim Marchiafavia)
Transportation Department
Julian Wellbery .... driving production assistant
Other crew
James Bartol .... production intern
Blaine Chou .... production assistant
Mo Faramawy .... production intern (as Mohamed Faramawy)
Brooke Goldfinch .... script supervisor
Jonathan Gray .... production counsel
Dena Greenbaum .... production coordinator
Devin Hayes .... production assistant
Jerry Li .... production intern
Charles Loguidice .... dog trainer and handler
Richard R. Lucas Jr. .... parking coordinator
Drew Nahas .... location manager
Jeff Petriello .... key production assistant
Charlotte Rabate .... set production assistant
Benjamin Rutkowski .... set production assistant
Jeremy Sam .... set production assistant
Natasha C. Smith .... production accountant
Tara Steinberg .... assistant production coordinator
Vangeline .... choreographer
Omar Zúñiga Hidalgo .... credit sequence
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance (uncredited)
Adam W. Rosen .... legal services (uncredited)
Elizabeth Swados .... special thanks

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Rated R for sexuality and language
92 min

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James Franco filmed all of his scenes in 3 days.See more »
[first lines]
Martine:I'm not sure I know how it began. But in the midst of a life that I now barely remember, in the midst of those now-forgotten New York days and nights, something happened. I believe it's all true. But it started with a dream.
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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A contrived, sincere, but very limited film, 1 December 2013
Author: secondtake from United States

The Letter (2012)

Wow, such mixed reviews on this movie. Either all thumbs up or bomb? No, but it is weirdly both terrific and horrible at once. Here's my explanation why.

This is a re-shaped reality movie in the same big (and growing) genre as "Memento" and "Pulp Fiction." As the movie progresses you are made to figure out what's going on in the most basic sense, separating reality from hallucination from moviemaker's trickery. This is a gripping game at its best that draws you into the dilemma from the character's standpoint, and that also messes with the viewer's basic ability to create sense of it for it's own sake.

But what these movies require is a combination of characters you care about and a logic that is purely cemented by the end. The two earlier examples are brilliant at it. Not so "The Letter."

This movie has the bones of an excellent, lower-budget variation on a reality bending plot, but it fails to make the characters significant (or sympathetic in any way) and it never makes the illogic within the movie reasonable.

This might give something away, but near the end a big sweeping explanation is frankly provided by a doctor, and I told myself I've been wasting an hour making sense of what is really a series of fairly jumbled impressions. They don't quite make sense, I think, though you might be able to chart out the various mixed up sections on a piece of paper if you watched it a couple more times. Maybe.

But no one would have the stamina. It's a movie with an exterior of brilliance but it's so stripped down in its other components it's actually, oddly, boring. For one thing, most of the action happens on a theater stage, which allows a kind of reality within a reality (and this ain't new, as lovers of Shakespeare know). Quickly we see that the characters are getting mixed up with the actors—that is, from the point of view of the writer/director of the play in the film, played by Winona Ryder, the expressions and frustrations in the script of the play echo the reality of the real people. When scenes shift (often suddenly) to an apartment or other outside space, the same kinds of personae are at work. The people are the characters.

But they have almost nothing to do, no real baggage to explore, no narrative elements that matter. So there is an implied infidelity (who knows?) and a bit of concern about that, and maybe an infidelity that grows as the film is being assembled, perhaps (who knows?). But so what?

The final insult to all this is that film's low budget feel and its unwillingness to accept that—it tries to look bigger than it is. It's often filmed in a stale way, and then pumped up with tonal effects or with startling (or confusing) edits. You wish it would add up to something, but it doesn't.

Other reviewers have said that it all makes sense by the end. I think not. I think it's explained away at the end, but that's different. And either way it doesn't amount to a hill of beans.

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